Indoor dog games are a great way to keep your pup mentally stimulated, physically active and happy in the winter.
Not all dogs love the winter. It’s cold, icy and can be challenging to walk in. It’s so important to keep our dogs mentally and physically active especially in the wintertime when they’re stuck inside. Fortunately, there are many creative indoor dog games to try this winter.
1. Monkey In the Middle
Monkey in the middle is a simple game that will help your dog burn energy. Grab your dog’s favorite toy and toss it back and forth between you and your partner, while your pup stands in the middle. Your dog will have fun running between the two of you trying to catch the toy. Every once in a while, let your dog capture the toy to avoid discouragement. For an added challenge, place a small hurdle between you and your partner so that your dog jumps over the obstacle while running back and forth.
2. Hide and Seek
This is one of the best indoor dog games to play. It’s the perfect indoor activity because it exercises your dog’s body and mind while strengthening the bond between the two of you. First, tell your dog to "sit" and "stay." Runaway and quickly hide somewhere easy like behind a chair or sofa. You can have someone hold your dog while you hide in the beginning until they are able to stay on their own. Next, call your dog’s name or give a command like "OK!" Once your dog finds you, celebrate your dog’s accomplishment by giving them praise, a delightful head scratch or some yummy treats. Increase the difficulty of your hiding spot over time. Natural instincts will kick in, and he will begin using his nose to find you. The challenge for you will be trying to refrain from laughing when your dog catches your scent!
3. Have a doggy play date
If it’s too cold to play outside, then bring the party indoors! Have your dog’s favorite pals come over for some good old fashioned playtime. Have extra water and healthy treats on hand.